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This year’s State Fair will have higher admission prices, shorter hours

Like the price of many things, admission to the Minnesota State Fair is rising.

Fairgoers ages 13 to 64 will pay $ 17 to join the 2022 Great Minnesota Get Together, which runs from August 25 to September 5. Children ages 5 to 12 and seniors 65 and older pay $ 15. Prices reflect an increase of $ 1 compared to last year's entry prices and take effect on February 1st.

Discounted admission tickets for $ 13 are on sale through January 31st at Discount tickets go up to $ 14 on February 1st.

Children aged 4 and under will continue to enter free of charge.

The price increase was announced during the annual meeting of the Minnesota State Agricultural Society held this weekend at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Bloomington. Society is the governing body of the State Fair.

The increase in access comes after the State Fair reported an operating loss of $ 1.3 million for 2021. This followed an operating loss of $ 16.5 million in 2020, when the fair was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The uncertainty of whether there would be a trade show in '21 at all lasted into May, creating a significantly compressed time frame to produce what is usually one of the largest and most visited events in the world," State Fair said. General Manager Jerry Hammer in a press release. "The fact that we were able to produce a large trade show for 1.3 million guests was miraculous."

The 2022 trade fair will also have shorter hours. The gates open at 7, an hour later than the traditional opening at 6. The exhibition area will also close one hour earlier at. 23.00 instead of midnight. On Labor Day, the last day of the fair, the hours will be 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., the community said.

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